Soo…..did you take the challenge?

In less than two weeks, we will be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the jolly old soul and his team of reindeer. Which means for the next two weeks, I am frantically trying to make sure I get as much accomplished as I can to be ready. My trees are finally up, my cards are almost done, and I feel like I am finally making progress.

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I can’t lie; some parts of the holiday I enjoy more than others. My favorite part hands down is shopping.  And, there are certainly people I enjoy shopping for more than others. But, I have had the most fun with trying to support local shops this year. I visited shops I had never been in before, and found some of the most charming places.  Instead of chain restaurants, I have been eating at local Mom&Pop type places.  What better way to end a day of shopping than with a great meal?  And the best part?  Many of them offer gift certificates you can make part of your gift giving as well.

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Some of my favorite shops are local, and they are on my yearly “must shop” list.  We still have to pick out our special ornaments for our children, and it’s nice that it’s a yearly tradition at a local shop now.  And, I of course have been shopping from the amazing vendors at Deep Creek Vintage.  What are my favorite parts about small, local businesses?  The sense of community is one.  Often the people who work here are the owners, and you get to know them.  The customer service is another.  They take the time to care.  These businesses were created by people who have a passion for what they are doing, and it shows.  The uniqueness is another.  Often you can find one-of-a-kind pieces, or things that you can’t find anywhere else.

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So have you taken the challenge to shop local this season?  We know many of you have because we have seen you at Deep Creek Vintage with your lists!  And we are so thankful!  If you haven’t started your shopping yet, it’s not too late.  We have plenty for everyone on your list, with more arriving everyday.  For those of you who have shopped local, please tell us about your favorite finds and your experiences!  Make shopping local part of your holiday tradition.  We hope to see you soon, and happy holidays from all of us at Deep Creek Vintage!

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